The Saucony Guide ISO 2 running shoes offer a stable cushioned profile perfect for runners who need extra comfort. With a comfortable profile, the shoes are not revolutionary but they can be reliable, which is great for most runners. For this purpose, they come with foam cushioning in the technology which Saucony names as PWRFOAM. Combined with a breathable mesh and plenty of comfort around the ankles with thick padding, the shoes are both flexible and supportive.
With a distinctly modern look and a performance to match, the Inov-8 ROCLITE 290 shoes are worthy of any runner. As their name suggests, they come with a weight of just 290 grams which is perfect when dealing with the added weight of the mud on many trail runs. With unique and robust lugs, the shoes are among the recommended options when it comes to traction and durability. The low collar design also means there is plenty of freedom of movement which means runners can accelerate on any type of incline trail running situation.
The Dynafit Alpine Pro is one of the most up to date trail running designs. The shoes feature a modern upper which uses a combination of materials to offer comfort, durability and water protection. With a midsole which combines foam cushioning with shock dispersion plates, they manage to offer a complete solution even for the dedicated runner. Furthermore, the quick lacing system allows runners to adjust and readjust the shoes as often as needed, even during race day with no time lost on fit adjustments.
Featuring sticky rubber on the outsole and a weight of 315 grams, the Inov-8 Roclite 315 is a top choice for trail running. The shoes are among the heavier options from Inov-8 but they stay maintain that unique profile which makes the brand. Most importantly, the shoes offer one of the best solutions when it comes to improved freedom of movement combined with proper protection. For this purpose, the design was adapted to keep debris out which makes the shoes a recommended solution out on the trails.
Made with a distinct profile, the Inov-8 X-TALON 200 trail running shoes are recommended for the avid runner. They come with some of the most impressive lugs on the market and at 8mm, they offer one of the best grips on soft trail surfaces. But the running shoes are also made with a durable upper featuring mesh materials and protective overlays to keep them in mint condition for as long as possible. With a lacing system which favors the best fit, the shoes are among the best in their class if flexibility is not among the most important characteristics.
361 Degrees’ Spire 3 comes with interesting improvements. The shoes have a new midsole and they also come with a snugger fit. Sometimes, runners are reluctant to move away from the likes of Adidas, Nike or Asics. However, there are a few brands which capture new energies and new ways of thinking in the running community. The third Spire is not revolutionary, but it might just be the best release in the series up to this moment. But are these 295g shoes really enough to take runners away from the shiny options from the market leaders?
The Adidas Aerobounce ST 2 shoes are now improved for long-distance running. With a wider profile and Bounce cushioning, the shoes are supportive. This is why they can be counted on for all types of long runs. Considering the midsole thickness, the arch support is made for stability. Overpronators can find the design comfortable on hard surfaces.
Made for daily running, the Asics DynaFlyte 3 can be used for marathons as well. With a new and daring design, the shoes are true to the series offering a distinct Asics look. Apart from the youthful look, the running shoes also come with proven cushioning technologies. With FlyteFoam and gel insertions, the shoes are perfect for flat surfaces such as the track or uneven surfaces as in parks or light trails.
With improved midfoot support, the Asics Gel Pursue 5 offer a familiar feel to runners. Both those who have already used the Gel Pursue series and other Asics fans can find the comfort of the shoes familiar. This is due to the fact that they have been made with technologies such as the SPEVA foam with FlyteFoam Lyte. At the same time, the improved support of the midfoot and added space for the big toe comes with a good degree of stability and roominess.
Being one of the most affordable Asics, the Gel-Sonoma 4 can be seen as a product for everyday running. But affordability still comes with a few Asics features which have made the running brand popular. With an AmpliFoam midsole and an Ortholite sockliner, the shoes might be enough for the trail running or walking needs of many athletes. Their lower profile also means the shoes can be used on short hiking trips as well. Of course, no Asics release can be complete without gel insertions for proper comfort on uneven terrain.